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Watchtower Society Building Beth’el on Toxic Dump


Toxins cause leukemia, at least according to Mr. Rob0t,” Angela warns the volunteers working for ‘the Society’ at their new headquarters in upstate New York. Concerns are that while the Watchtower Society may be able to protect their vested interests in the property and it’s financial value, they cannot protect their volunteers from exposure to the toxic chemicals.

This is the story of how Brooklyn “Beth’el” became “Warwick“.

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society began as simple American religion financed by William Henry Conley (11 June 1840 – 25 July 1897). William was trained by his uncle in the printing business for ten years, and was a Pittsburgh philanthropist and industrialist. He was married to Sarah Shaffer (1841–1908). Together, they provided organizational and financial support to religious institutions in the United States.

William Conley was the first president of Zion’s Watch Tower Tract Society, from 1881 to 1884.

In December 1884, the Society was incorporated with Charles Taze Russell as president. 

In 1896, the Society was renamed Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, and later became associated with Jehovah’s Witnesses.

In April 1909, the Watchtower moved to Brooklyn, New York.

#Jehovah’s #Witnesses are one of the largest property development #corporations in the #world–owning over 80,000…

Posted by Angela Glass on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

In 2004 the Watchtower, the society began moving their headquarters after more than 100 years in Brooklyn, NY.

The new headquarters in Warwick, New York is being built by volunteer Jehovah’s Witnesses, such as my parents Arlene and Melvin Baxley (pictured above).

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is suing International Nickel and several of its affiliates, which it accuses of contaminating land where the religious group is now building its massive 1.6 million-square-foot world headquarters. Watchtower is seeking unspecified reimbursement for the cost it has incurred in the cleanup and remediation. It is also seeking damages, restitution and attorney fees.

In 2011 it was reported that the Watchtower Society was being Investigated for Illegal Toxic Dumping in Hudson Valley Watershed. Continue reading

Psychology, Technology

Studying Science

Sea Kelp at Windansea

Sea Kelp at Windansea

I am interested in a few things that are in my local micro-environment:

  1. uses for sea kelp washed ashore, and scientific research on enviro benefits for manipulation or recycling
  2. ditto for the brown stuff that is sort of like sea mulch (can I use it as mulch in my garden?)
  3. what to do with the sandbox sand on my patio, illegal to put on beach? affect? effect?
  4. the benefits of THC slow extraction from fat cells
  5. psychoactive/metaphysical space, disassociation, symbolic modeling and therapy

Guppy since 2001

I’ve been in my mind for hours now… it’s magical how easy it is inside here in my mind alone. Words and thoughts flow together in a meaningful way, and writing eventually becomes the ultimate form of expression. I’ve been working on websites for my mentor and her husband—I’ve told you about Barbara. Barbara has been doing Airedale Rescue for more than 10 years, and I’ve been supporting her—WOW, I just did a WHOIS lookup… 2001-12-06—online since December 2001.

I used to own the domain: Yes, used to. I’m so upset that in my breakup, my ex-boyfriend/server admin failed—honestly—to renew a few domains for me. Now I just manage; that’s Barbara’s pro angler husband. Women on the Fly was Barbara’s flyfishing group, of which you might have considered me—gasp—a guppy.


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On Sun, Oct 12, 2014 at 1:37 PM, Angela Marie Glass <> wrote:

Hey and don’t you think this photo of Eilon and I could make us relatives? 🙂 I think it’s the nose?

In other news, I finally told the truth about why I left Microsoft. The CEO made some stupid comment about women—at a conference celebrating women in technology, no less—and I lost it. I feel better. Lighter.

I’m telling you because you know Eilon and I are tight as blood but keep up like we have eternity. So he’ll hear somehow I’m guessing, but I’m sharing with you as my kind of dad. 

The story, if you want to read it, I can send. Otherwise, I just wanted to say hello and send some love to you and your family!

Hello to Shlomit! 



a ? cline'd U yet...


Begin forwarded message:
Date: October 25, 2014 at 11:15:44 AM EDT
Subject: Re: Thinking of you…
From: Howard Lipton <>
To: Angela Marie Glass <>

Dear Angela,

Please pardon my tardy reply. I am always delighted to hear from you, and I truly hope that all is going well with you and yours.

Like so many, I was astounded at what Nadella said. Even though he is Indian and only came to the U.S. as an adult, he has been here at least a quarter century and runs the 3d largest company in the world. He knows that women are woefully underrepresented in the coding sectors of his own company, and he certainly knows that teenaged and college women are as interested in the future financial security of their eventual families as are boys. He cannot possibly believe that a paternal attitude where the bosses will “look after the girls” will attract the brilliant women that Microsoft needs, even if he grew up in that culture as a child. Just as does everyone else, these women want transparently equal opportunities for advancement and financial security. While I do not know a lot about him, I am exceedingly suspicious that he actually spoke his mind and told the world what he really thinks. If that is the case, then regardless of his skills as a CEO, I would hope the board considers a change.

Yes, I am interested in why you left Microsoft and would love to read your story. Also, I briefly noticed the comment on your website about “walking after midnight.” While I do not know if that was your reference, that song by Patsy Cline is one of my all-time favorites.

Thanksgiving is approaching, and you know what it means to me. I hope D’ar’r’y’l realizes how lucky he is.

All the best,



all kinds of blues

@debbieblox Disrupting the Pink Aisle
Culture, Technology

Toys R’ Us and the Power of Pink—or Purple—“when I feel like it”.

In 2006 I wrote a paper about gender in toys, “Toys R Us—Engendering Children Are Us” for my UW Sociology of Family course.

Now it’s 2014 and we’re demolishing gender stereotypes and disrupting the pink aisle…

Sterling realized she was one of the only female engineering majors at Stanford University.

The Story of GoldieBlox | Cassie Jaye from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

“When Debbie Sterling set out to create GoldieBlox engineering toys for girls, she was hoping to sell much more than a product. She was hoping to inspire a movement that could eventually change the gender ratio in the engineering industry,” reports  from the Dallas Business Journal. Continue reading

Documentation, Ethics, Technology

Microsoft: On Karma and Protecting the Innocent

“Knowing and having faith that the system … that might be one of the additional super powers, that quite frankly, that women who don’t ask for raises have… because that’s good karma. It will come back.”—Nadella, at the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference

Publishing today in response to Microsoft’s CEO Nadella’s perspective of the super hero powers of women like me who don’t ask for raises.

Bad Karma Coming Out of the Closet

I treated this situation as confidentially as I could, to the extent possible, as asked, for as long as I possibly could. I think I did pretty well, no?

Photo credit @DotBen “SpunkyGidget at Mix ’06

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Documentation, Ethics, Technology

I never asked for a raise, but I did get sexually harassed at Microsoft.

“Knowing and having faith that the system … that might be one of the additional super powers, that quite frankly, that women who don’t ask for raises have… because that’s good karma. It will come back.”—Nadella, at the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference

“I’m absolutely reeling,” said Rachel Sklar, who in 2010 founded Change the Ratio, a group focused on increasing visibility for women in tech. “He put to words the massive fear women have in asking for raises and told them to trust in a system that is proven to be broken.”

Nadella also said he would “not fall for the crutch of the supply-side excuse” of women in tech, and that Microsoft was attempting to improve, despite recently released Microsoft diversity numbers that were similarly dismal to most tech companies. He advised women to be persistent in breaking into the industry.

I wonder what the percentage was when I was at Microsoft?

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Satya Nadella at Anita Borg Institute 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Nadella at 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

“It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along…That, I think, might be one of the additional superpowers that, quite frankly, women who don’t ask for a raise have. Because that’s good karma. It’ll come back because somebody’s going to know that’s the kind of person that I want to trust. That’s the kind of person that I want to really give more responsibility to. And in the long-term efficiency, things catch up.” — Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

I don’t believe in karma—”good karma” has never caught up with me.

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ANONYMOUS and Watchtower Serial Pedophiles of San Diego


This post is prompted tonight by my personal experience with…

“not bringing reproach upon Jehovah’s organization”.

Most Jehovah’s Witnesses

have no idea there are 24,000+ pedophiles who have hidden among the silent lambs

in their congregations…

San Diego ABC 10 News reported obtaining video of admitted child molester Jehovah’s Witness Gonzalo Campos.

“I did abuse him,” said Campos in the video. “I touched his private parts.

Testimony of Gonzalo Campos

Accused JW pedophile confession on camera released by San Diego ABC 10 News.  

Team 10 asked if Zalkin believed it’s widely known that there are sexual abuse problems inside Jehovah’s Witnesses.

“No, no and it needs to be brought to the public’s attention,” Zalkin said. “They have been operating in secrecy and at will for decades.”

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Culture, Documentation, Ethics, Neuroscience, Psychology, Technology

Gender Violence Issues—and a Few Good Men [TED Talk]

Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called “women’s issues.” But in this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men’s issues — and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all — women and men — to call out unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change.

Jackson Katz asks a very important question that gets at the root of why sexual abuse, rape and domestic abuse remain a problem: What’s going on with men? Continue reading

Culture, Technology

Bill Gates on Creative Capitalism a Compilation

“I’m an optimist, but I’m an impatient optimist,” Bill Gates said during his speech. “The world is not getting better fast enough, and it’s not getting better for everyone.”

“There are billions of people who need the great inventions of the computer age, and many more basic needs as well, but they have no way of expressing their needs in ways that matter to the market, so they go without,” said Gates. “If we are going to have a chance of changing their lives, we need another level of innovation. Not just technology innovation, we need system innovation, and that’s what I want to discuss with you here in Davos today.”

“The challenge here is to design a system where market incentives, including profits and recognition, drive those principles to do more for the poor,” said Gates. “I like to call this idea creative capitalism, an approach where governments, businesses, and nonprofits work together to stretch the reach of market forces so that more people can make a profit, or gain recognition, doing work that eases the world’s inequities.”


Bill Gates at Harvard

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Bill Gates Goes to School with Napoleon Dynamite

photo credit: Domain Barnyard via photopin cc

Technology, Travel, Writing

The Wheatons are invited for the Week + end

It would make for one great episode of SMRTrWorld.

Wheaton Weekend in NoDa + Week at @WalkerWorldNC on the Cape Fear River

Be sure to watch until the very end. It just keeps getting weirder.

—@ang @baxley of @baxleyglass, the @spunkygidget among other various alias like @moopetsrus and @isirisilly, duh.

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SMRTrWorld Ocean Isle Male Crew

My husband, and his boys—Darryl and Adrian Glass, far right:

Glass' Goofball Guys

Glass’ Goofball Guys

SMRTr World | Because the Real World is not reality: Ocean Isle Male Crew = Andy Gnarly Schoch, Trevor Murbach, Lucas Call, Nathan Locke, Darryl Glass and Adrian Glass.

SMRTr World | Because the Real World is not reality: Ocean Isle Male Crew = Andy Gnarly Schoch, Trevor Murbach, Lucas Call, Nathan Locke, Darryl Glass and Adrian Glass.


Culture, Technology

Forced Exposure + Forced Silence

Some posts just rock your world. Pamela Jones’ post today on her site is just one of those posts:

Forced Exposure

Posted by ~pj Tuesday, August 20 2013 @ 02:40 AM EDT on

The owner of Lavabit tells us that he’s stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we’d stop too.There is no way to do Groklaw without email. Therein lies the conundrum.What to do?

Editor’s Note: Later the same day, Ladar Levison suspended Lavabit’s operations. Continue reading


Add a Bluetooth Wireless Adapter to your Bose Sounddock for iPod and iPhone

I was frustrated that my new iPhone 5 no longer worked with my Bose Sounddock, not to mention that for years I’ve had various size iPods to connect clumsily on the dock. While I loved my Bose in it’s day, it had had it’s day.

Add a Bluetooth Wireless Adapter to your Bose Sounddock for iPod and iPhone

Moving recently, I came across my dusty and once loved Bose and wondered—why couldn’t I connect to it wirelessly via Bluetooth?

“Can I Bose with Bluetooth?”

And indeed, you can! I just ordered mine from Amazon and can’t wait for it to arrive! I’m excited to have music upstairs!

Here’s a video, but it’s really just a plug-it-in and hit-the-button installation—easier than playing music off your iPod! You can buy the official Bose adapter, currently on sale for $99 on Amazon (normally priced $149), but there are other brands available that are much cheaper.

See Bose Sounddock Bluetooth Wireless Audio Receivers. Bose boasts remembering pairing with up to six devices, I have no idea the features on the cheaper versions. Likewise, I have no idea the range on the Bose, but the cheaper models say up to approximately 33 feet. Still, that’s 10x the price for remembering your device pairings — assuming the cheap models don’t have the same feature. If I get around to it, I’ll post an update after getting to test our setup.

We’re also thinking about doing the hack to setup your old wifi router as a wifi repeater too; we’re living between three stories in a tall townhouse.


Battle of GEO Loc + Mobility + Privacy


Google includes a feature which allows them to keep wi-fi on in the background, presumably so apps might have the benefit of location based awareness and responsiveness. However, this means tapping that power hungry GPS chip. The feature is off by default, and can be access by going to Settings, Wi-Fi, Advanced Wi-Fi and checking, or unchecking, the ‘Scanning always available’ box.


Nervous Nelly's turn off all Location Services. Instead, turn off the Favorite Locations feature. Regardless, of what features you turn off and on, the reality is: your phone is tracking you.

Turn off all Location Services? No! Nervous? Instead turn off the Favorite Locations feature. Regardless, of what features you turn off and on the reality: your phone is tracking you.

Meanwhile, a similar feature in the iPhone iOS7 has been reported, see: iPhone Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services  > Favorite Locations.

Some have disabled Location Services in a harried attempt to protect their privacy and suddenly find all their apps—from Maps to Facebook and FourSquare—rendered useless. If you’re concerned just disable Favorite Locations.

Meanwhile, iOS 7 asks users may opt in to help improve Apple’s Maps app — those who opt in will have the street address associated with their Apple ID matched with the GPS coordinates of addresses saved to your “frequent locations” list.


It seems people are just waking up to the limited concept of consumer privacy afforded in today’s connected and interconnected societies. So while you enjoy your FourSquare style walk down memory lane, recall that one you chose to disclose, and the other you is disclosed for you — call it a package deal, the cost of latest and greatest technologies to market and advertise and otherwise target a geo-loc tracked connected society.

Why hello there cyborgs, I’ve been expecting you.

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Notes from an Organic


Psychology, Technology

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

StrengthsFinder 2.0 Report

for Angela Baxley Glass

(Gallup 2011)

  • Futuristic: inspire others with their visions of the future…
  • Strategic: given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
  • Activator: can make things happen by turning thoughts into action—they are often impatient.
  • Maximizer: focuses on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence; seeks to transform strong into superb.
  • Individualization: intrigued with the unique qualities of each person; has a gift for how people who are different can work together productively.

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Mac Apple Icon

Mac Keyboard Symbols & HTML Entities

Note: to display these characters on your web page has the character set defined, such as:

<meta charset="utf-8" />

The most popular of them all? The Apple. 

Symbol Description HTML Entity Code Point Unicode Name
Apple &#x63743; U+2318 Apple Logo
Command &#x2318; U+2318 PLACE OF INTEREST SIGN
Option (alt) &#x2325; U+2325 OPTION KEY
Control (ctrl) &#x2303; U+2303 UP ARROWHEAD
Delete &#x232B; U+232B ERASE TO THE LEFT
Forward Delete &#x2326; U+2326 ERASE TO THE RIGHT
Eject &#x23CF; U+23CF EJECT SYMBOL
Home &#x2196; U+2196 NORTH WEST ARROW
End &#x2198; U+2198 SOUTH EAST ARROW
Left Arrow &#x2190; U+2190 LEFTWARDS ARROW
Right Arrow &#x2192; U+2192 RIGHTWARDS ARROW
Up Arrow &#x2191; U+2191 UPWARDS ARROW
Down Arrow &#x2193; U+2193 DOWNWARDS ARROW
Apple iPad and Google Contacts

Setup Google Contacts on My New iPad

I sent new iPads to my mom and sisters. They loved them. Such an easy setup, right out of the box! However, there was one problem. They couldn’t figure out how to get their Google Contacts to show up! Here’s instructions for them, and you, on how to setup your Gmail to sync Google Contacts, Calendars and Email on your iPad or iPhone using Exchange.

How Do I Get My Google Contacts on My New iPad?

Apple iPad and Google Contacts

If you setup your Gmail account when you pulled your iPad out of the box, then it set up that account in a manner that doesn’t allow you to sync your Google Contacts, Calendar, Notes and Mail. No worries! It’s an easy fix!

We just have to delete your existing Google Account and setup a new one. All your data remains safe at Google, and will sync again when we’re done!

Remove Existing Google Account

  1. Launch Settings
  2. Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendar
  3. Select your Google Gmail account
  4. Tap Delete Account—don’t worry, your data is safe with Google—you’re just disconnecting from the account!

Setup Google Exchange Account

  1. In Settings, under Mail, Contacts, Calendar
  2. Tap Add Account
  3. Tap Microsoft Exchange
  4. Enter your Gmail email address (or Google Apps email)
  5. Leave domain blank
  6. Enter your email address as user name and enter your Gmail password.
  7. Tap Next.
  8. Once Server field appears enter
  9. Tap Next and turn on the Google features you want to sync:
  • Mail
  • Contacts
  • Calendars
Mac Keyboard Shortcut to take Screenshot and Copy to Clipboard

Mac Screenshots Shortcuts, Folder & Options

Mac Keyboard Shortcut to take Screenshot and Copy to Clipboard

Mac Screenshot Keyboard ShortCuts

Copy to Clipboard

Full Screen—to copy & paste, but not save as file!

⌘ Command + Control + Shift + 3

Selectionmy favorite shortcut!

⌘ Command + Control + Shift + 4

Application Window

⌘ Command + Control + Shift + 4 and then Spacebar

Save as File

Full Screen

⌘ Command + Shift + 3


⌘ Command + Shift + 4

Application Window

⌘ Command + Shift + 4 and hit Spacebar

Customize Mac Screenshot Folder

  1. Create or locate the folder you’d like to save screenshots to. I use a folder in my Home Directory called Screenshots.
  2. Open Terminal. It’s in Utilties, and can be opened via Spotlight.
    ⌘ Command + Spacebar Terminal
  3. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal, but—wait!—don’t hit enter yet! Be sure to include the space that is at the end of the line.
    defaults write location
  4. Now, drag and drop the folder you wish you save screenshots to onto the Terminal window. This will insert the folder location into the command line.
  5. Click Enter to submit the command.
  6. Finally, copy and paste the line below into Terminal. It resets Terminal making your change effective immediately.
    killall SystemUIServer
  7. Click Enter to submit the command. Close Terminal—you’re ready to go!

Change Screenshot Default File Name Prefix

By default, Mac screenshots are saved using the prefix “Screen Shot”. You can change the default screenshot file name prefix:

  1. Open Terminal. It’s in Utilties, and can be opened via Spotlight.
    ⌘ Command + Spacebar Terminal
  2. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal and hit Enter. Replace ScreenShot with whatever prefix you prefer.
    defaults write name ScreenShot
  3. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal. It resets Terminal making your change effective immediately.
    killall SystemUIServer
  4. Click Enter to submit the command. Close Terminal—you’re ready to go!

Change Default Screenshot File Type

By default, Mac screenshots are saved as .png files. You can change the default screenshot filetype:

  1. Open Terminal. It’s in Utilties, and can be opened via Spotlight.
    ⌘ Command + Spacebar Terminal
  2. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal and hit Enter. Replace png with whatever filetype you prefer.
    defaults write type png
  3. Copy and paste the line below into Terminal. It resets Terminal making your change effective immediately.
    killall SystemUIServer
  4. Click Enter to submit the command. Close Terminal—you’re ready to go!

Help! Where are my screenshots? Where is my screenshot folder? My screenshot folder is missing!

Note: If you ever delete your screenshots folder you must reset the folder location using the above instructions.


New Technologies

VeriChip is a chip that can be used to track any person who has it implanted into their skin. This achievement opens the door to a fail-safe way to ID any person.

How about microchips to help your memory loss? Well “in this era of high-tech memory management, next in line to get that memory upgrade isn’t your computer, it’s you. Professor Theodore W. Berger, director of the Center for Neural Engineering at the University of Southern California, is creating a silicon chip implant that mimics the hippocampus, an area of the brain known for creating memories. If successful, the artificial brain prosthesis could replace its biological counterpart, enabling people who suffer from memory disorders to regain the ability to store new memories” (Wired News Oct. 22, 2004).

Do you remember the movie “Star Wars?” In many of the scenes Luke Skywater would move objects just by thinking about it. Well we aren’t to far off from the real thing. The reported “Scientists in North Carolina have built a brain implant that lets monkeys control a robotic arm with their thoughts, marking the first time that mental intentions have been harnessed to move a mechanical object. The technology could someday allow people with paralyzing spinal cord injuries to operate machines or tools with their thoughts as naturally as others today do with their hand. It might even allow some paralyzed people to move their own arms or legs again, by transmitting the brain’s directions not to a machine but directly to the muscles in those latent limbs” (Oct. 13, 2003).

Two years after the money received a brain chip on March 2005 a chip was implanted into a paralyzed mans brain. The BBC report stated, “Brain chip reads man’s thoughts” “A paralyzed man in the US has become the first person to benefit from a brain chip that reads his mind. “The pioneering surgery at New England Sinai Hospital, Massachusetts, last summer means he can now control everyday objects by thought alone. The brain chip reads his mind and sends the thoughts to a computer to decipher” (March, 31, 2005).